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Pyramids (original 1989; edition 1997)

by Terry Pratchett, Josh Kirby (Cover artist)

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Title:Pyramids
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Other authors:Josh Kirby (Cover artist)
Info:Corgi (1997), Mass Market Paperback
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Rating:****
Tags:humour, Disk World

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An enjoyable parody of the ancient Egyptian culture. Once I was able to sit down and spend some time with the book I read it in only a couple of hours. If one likes Egyptology, one will enjoy this book even if one hasn't read any other Discworld books. ( )
  pussreboots | Oct 7, 2014 |
This was an enjoyable Discworld novel which stands alone on its own without the usual characters. It's about Teppic, the son of the king of Djelibeybi, a small kingdom with a lot of pyramids. Teppic is being schooled at the famed Assassin's Guild when his father dies and he has to return to his country to take over. He is coerced into building the biggest, best pyramid of all time, even though the kingdom is essentially broke and can't afford it, and the high priest, Dios, is running things behind the scenes -- and in front of them, in some cases. Teppic longs to make changes, but Dios thwarts him at every turn. Until Teppic meets Ptraci, a headstrong young woman sentenced to death by Dios who Teppic helps escape. Meanwhile, some bizarre things are happening with the pyramids. Time and dimensions are being warped through the building of this monster one and at some point, the kingdom basically disappears. Teppic and Ptraci are outside the kingdom when this happens, but they witness it. The funny thing is, during Teppic's reign as king, he wanted nothing more than to be away from Djelibeybi, but now that he is, he wants to return. And so he does. He figures out a way to break through the dimensions and things are a mess. The gods have turned up and they are bumbling adolescents, making a mess of everything. The priests are crazed. The mummies in the pyramids have come to life. The kingdom needs a king. And Teppic does save the day, just like you knew he would. In the midst of all this is Pratchett's typical humor, the best being Discworld's best mathematician, the camel You Bastard. He's awesome! This isn't the best Discworld book I've read, but it is entertaining and as such, it is recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Sep 29, 2014 |
Tepicc es el hijo del monarca de un reino tan antiguo como el tiempo que es enviado a la gran ciudad para recibir una educación de calidad en el Gremio de asesinos. Una vez completados sus estudios, recibe noticias importantes que le hacen volver al hogar para dirigir el destino de los habitantes del gran valle. Frases brillantes, mucho ingenio, y buenos chistes (el libro me ha hecho reir) son la causa de que Pirómides sea hasta ahora mi novela favorita de Mundo Disco. Además, y aunque el peligro al que se enfrentan los protagonistas no es original en el universo de Terry Pratchett, la ambientación sí que lo es. Un soplo de aire nuevo para la serie. ( )
  pablosuau | Jun 22, 2014 |
Solid Pratchett, if not the best. It was kind of like two separate books; a short intro where Teppic goes to school to be an assassin, and the rest of the book when he is not an assassin. Odd. Fun though.

First e-reader book attempt. Read this mostly on my phone during breaks at work, etc. Enjoyed having a book available all the time. The Nook book reading app is ok, nothing amazing. Some formatting issues, but I think that this e-pub book is a number of years old and they may have ironed out some issues by now. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jun 2, 2014 |
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett is a hilarious satire about ancient Egyptian mythology with some Greek satire thrown in as well. Young Teppic, the heir to the Djelibeybi desert kingdom, is sent off to be educated as an assassin because it is one of the professions that provide the most all round education. Shortly after he graduates his father dies and he goes home to take his place as the new king. Wanting to be a dutiful son he decides to build a pyramid for his father that is twice as big as any previously built. The pyramids tend to generate weird quantum energy and the sheer size of the new pyramid being constructed starts to do some strange things to time and space. This book made me laugh a lot and as always I really enjoyed the humorous footnotes. ( )
  Kythe42 | Nov 27, 2013 |
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Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ittekot, VenugopalanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paolini, Pier FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nothing but stars, scattered across the blackness as though the Creator had smashed the windscreen of his car and hadn't bothered to sweep up the pieces.
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All assassins had a full-length mirror in their rooms, because it would be a terrible insult to anyone to kill them when you were badly dressed.
The ancestors pressed forward, muttering. When you've been dead for hundreds of years, you're not inclined to feel generous to those people who assured you that you were going to have a lovely time.
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Pteppic geht nach Ankh-Morpork um Assassine zu werden. Dann wird er Pharao und baut eine Pyramide. Doch dabei gibt es Ärger und er muss feststellen, dass es sehr schwierig ist eine Pyramide zu töten.
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It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun.First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad -- a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal -- not to mention aheadstrong handmaiden -- at the heart of his realm.

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Unlike most teenaged boys, Teppic isn't chasing girls and working at the mall. Instead he's just inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi-a job that's come a bit earlier than he expected (a turn of fate his recently departed father wasn't too happy about either). It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad-a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal-not to mention a headstrong handmaiden-at the heart of his realm.… (more)

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